Roxbury Township, Mrs. Ethel Alexander Vickery, 83, died on January 30, 2016 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and lived with her family in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Sweden, and Massachusetts before moving to Roxbury Township 35 years ago. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a reference librarian at both the Mt. Olive Township and Roxbury Township Public Libraries, and no query vanquished her considerable research skills. A passionate and adaptable traveler, she achieved a lifetime goal of visiting all fifty states, as well as several countries throughout Europe. Gracious and generous with her time and resources, she was fond of volunteer work and supporting the arts and historical societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was a member (Ferro Monte Chapter). She was known for sending friends and family customized thank-you notes and greeting cards, inscribed in an impeccable hand.
She was predeceased by her husband (Mayor) Thomas Vickery in 2004, and by her brother Harvey G Alexander, III in 2012. She is survived by her 5 children; Thomas P. Vickery of Cranbury, (Rev) Caroline A. Vickery of Delmont, PA, Anne E. (Stephen) Gale of Landing, Lela K. Vickery of Arlington, VA, and Ellen I. (Michael) Colarusso of Beacon, NY, and a granddaughter Emilia A. Colarusso, who was given the middle name Alexander in her grandmother’s honor.
An informal remembrance and reception will be held on Friday, 3-6 pm at the Succasunna Presbyterian Church fellowship hall A Prayer Service will be held at 4:15 pm. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library or the American Lung Association.